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Oh So Sweet Spinach Salad Burger

This recipe was inspired by a family favorite spinach salad recipe. I so enjoy a bowl along side a sandwich. This is a meal within itself. It was a huge hit during the family and friends taste-testing.

Ingredients 

Spinach Salad Dressing
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
Grilled Portabella Mushrooms
6 portabellas mushrooms
4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
Spinach salad dressing
Patties
2 pounds grund round
1/4 cup White Zinfandel
1/2 cup water chestnuts, diced
4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Vegetable oil, for brushing the grill rack
12 slices pre-cooked bacon
6 large kaiser rolls
6 1/4 inch slices large red onion
36 baby spinach leaves

Instructions 

Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high. To make the spinach salad dressing, combine the oil, suger, ketchup, vinegar, and worcestershire sauce in a small fire-proof saucepan. Place on grill for 1 to 2 minutes, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from grill, reserve 1/2 cup for final burger assembly. Place portabella mushrooms, cap side up, in a shallow pan. Pour remaining spinach salad dressing over mushrooms. Set aside. To make patties, combine beef, wine, water chestnuts, blue cheese, thyme, and salt in a large bowl. Handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and form the portions into patties to fit rolls. Brush the grill rack with oil. Place the patties on rack, oover, and cook, turning once, until done to preference, 5 to 7 minutes on each side for medium. After turning patties, place mushrooms on grill, cap side down, brush with dressing from pan, cook for 2 to 3 minutes, turn, brush cap side with dressing, then top with equal amounts of blue cheese, cook 2 to 3 minutes. Remove mushrooms from grill, set aside. Remove patties from grill, stack to keep warm. Place bacon slices around outside of grill, cook for 30 seconds or until heated and slightly crisp. Brush spinach salad dressing on the cut sides of rolls, place on grill, cut side down, toast lightly. To assemble burgers, on bottom of rolls, place a mushroom, 2 bacon slices, a patty, onion slice, 6 spinach leaves, drizzle reserved dressing equally over each burger. Add kaiser roll tops and serve.

Comments 

I love to cook, especially on the grill in the summertime. It was so enjoyable having family and friends taste-testing this recipe. All you need with this burger is a good glass of wine and an abundance of napkins!!